Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Golden Kite Award


Instituted in 1973, the Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. More than 1,000 books are entered each year. The Golden Kite Awards recognize excellence in children’s literatures in seven categories: Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction Text for Younger Readers, Nonfiction Text for Older Readers, Picture Book Text, Picture Book Illustration, and Illustration for Older Readers. 

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For books published between January-June 2020: DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: JULY 15, 2020

For books published between July-December 2020: DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: DECEMBER 15,2020

  1. Authors/Illustrators must be a current member through December 2020 to have a book submitted to the Golden Kite Awards.
  2. Only books written or translated into English are accepted.
  3. Please Submit FOUR copies of your book.  All submissions MUST BE in completed, bound form.  NO GALLEYS.
  4. Categories include: Picture Book Text, Picture Book Illustration, Illustrated Books for Older Readers (includes graphic novels, fiction, and nonfiction for middle grade and young adult illustrated books), Middle Grade, Young Adult, Nonfiction Text for Younger Readers, Nonfiction Text for Older Readers.
  5. You may submit your book to ONE category only, except in the case of Picture Book Text Picture Book Illustration, and Illustrated Books for Older Readers. For example, you may submit to Illustrated Books for Older Readers for the illustrator, and the same book can be submitted for the Middle Grade award for the author. However, both the author and the illustrator must be current members. If you are mailing these entries to the SCBWI office, please submit 8 copies of the book.
  6. The book submitted must be published in 2020.
  7. Individuals and Publishers can submit for the Golden Kites.
  8. Self-published books are not eligible, however, you may enter your book in the Spark Award for self-published books.
  9. One Golden Kite Award Winner and one Honor Book will be chosen per category. The winner in each category will receive $2,500 plus an additional $1,000 to donate to a non-profit organization of their choice. And each honor winner will receive $500 plus an additional $250 to donate.
  10. Winning books will be included in a press release, an announcement on the SCBWI website and on SCBWI Social Networks, and will receive gold stickers for their books;
  11. Although SCBWI Board members are eligible to enter their books in the GoldenKite, the Board members have decided that should any of them win, they will donate the prize money to a non-profit organization of their choice.
  12. Winners and publishing houses will be notified in January 2021.




Submission Guidelines for Publishers will be sent out directly. Please contact, Bonnie Bader, the Golden Kite Coordinator if you have not received the guidelines:


Individuals, please mail four (4) copies of each book you are submitting (4 copies for each category) to:

SCBWI; 6363 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 425; Los Angeles, CA 90048

Questions? Contact the Golden Kite Coordinator:

SCBWI reserves the right not to confer this award in any given year.